Lineman Decommits for Michigan
One of the strongest indicators of the quality of a recruit is how many other top programs are trying to lure him away. Unfortunately, sometimes those schools succeed. That was the case when Indiana offensive lineman Dan Samuelson changed his mind about attending Nebraska and opted for Michigan instead.
Michigan is the third school Samuelson had given a commitment to. He had previously committed to Pittsburgh before committing to Nebraska. Here's a little tip for you Michigan dads. If Samuelson gets engaged to your daughter, don't offer to pay for the wedding. His idea of "commitment" probably isn't what you ideally want in a son-in-law.
Offensive line is clearly a position of need for this class. Only one two-deep player has graduated, but the depth chart is loaded with juniors to replace after next season. Since linemen usually redshirt, the time to find players to inherit those jobs is now. The Huskers have added visitors for next weekend that play on the offensive line. A couple of them come from the junior college rank, which gives you a sense of the urgency the coaches are feeling.
For all the grief NU offensive line coach Barney Cotton gets from fans, he has gotten remarkable production from walk-on players. Any concerns about star ratings on the line might be misplaced. It appears that offensive linemen are made, not born. Still, all of the slated visitors hold multiple offers from BCS conference schools. In that sense, these guys seem to have the physical tools.
We still may see the Huskers get a new commitment or two from the weekend's visitors. Bo Pelini's practice of telling recruits to go home and talk it over with their parents has reduced the number of kids accepting scholarships on their visit. In the next day or two we may find that the recruiting class has grown again. If not, there's still 23 shopping days until signing day.